The surname BLONDELL was derived from the Old French 'Blondel' one with fair hair. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Early records of the name mention Blondel de Nesle (12th century). He was the French troubadour, who according to legend accompanied Richard I (Coeur de Lion) to Palestine on the Crusades, and located him when imprisoned in the Austrian castle of Durrenstein in 1193 by means of a song they had jointly composed. Blundel (without surname) who was recorded in the year 1115 in County Hampshire. Walterus filius Blundelli was recorded in 1203 in London, and John Blondel appears as a witness to a charter in the year 1279 in Hampshire. Geoffrey Blondel of Huntingdonshire, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). William Blondel of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and Robert Blundell, ibid. Boneface Blondell, registered at Oxford University in the year 1456. A notable member of the name was Nicolas Francois Blondel (1618-86). He was the French military engineer and architect. In the 1660's he fortified the channel ports of Dunkirk and Le Havre.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of arms in 1884. Registered in Guernsey.
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